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Hopping on and off around Indochina

Stray Koh Russei Cambodia
Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia Stray Bus Asia
Don Det Laos Stray Stray Bus Asia
Kong Lor Caves Laos Stray Asia Stray Bus Asia
Laos Stray Asia Stray Bus Asia
Koh Russei Bamboo Island Cambodia Stray Bus Asia

Hopping on and off around Indochina

story by: Mike Williams

Hop-on hop-off tours are always a favourite for Kiwis visiting a new destination. They offer all the benefits of a guided tour, but also the flexibility for hopping off when a certain attraction catches the eye. It’s the perfect mix of insight, structure and spontaneity. Until recently, these types of tours did not exist in the Indochina region, but now House of Travel is offering them through Stray Asia, another NZ owned and operated company.

While Stray Asia does explore the most popular destinations and attractions of a country, what really sets them apart is their focus on authentic cultural experiences. You’ll go so far off the beaten track that you won’t even see the tyre marks. Ever wanted to visit a tiny village with no other tourists, witness a local ceremony, laugh with a host family as you attempt to communicate with hand gestures and learn about local life as you live it? Stray is fully guided and features at least one homestay in a rural area off the tourist trail and explores remote regions and secret spots that only locals know about.

Kiwis don’t travel to Asia to just sit in a tour bus; we want to get amongst it all. Stray Asia hop-on hop-off trips mix in plenty of the intrepid adventures Kiwis crave. Cycle between the ruins of mystical temples in the ancient capital Ayutthaya in Thailand. Enjoy fresh seafood while relaxing on a pristine beach in Koh Tunsay, Cambodia. Head to Laos and explore Kong Lor Cave by boat on an underground river. There are also unique add-ons like Full Moon Parties, Laos Trekking and Muay Thai Boxing.

For all their off the beaten track escapades, Stray always puts safety and security first. Local experts have taken care of all your transport needs, there’s no worry about the unpredictability of public transport or leaving bags on an unfamiliar bus. All trips are led by a Western tour leader or local guide who can navigate language barriers and answer any questions. It’s also reassuring to know that the company has physical offices in Bangkok, Luang Prabang and Siem Reap, so you’re never far from a base and friendly staff.

Stray Asia passes are available for Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos and are valid for 12 months. Travellers can hop on and off anywhere throughout the itinerary and there are guaranteed accommodation options at each stop, which will be additional cost to the pass. The best part is that you’ll be travelling with like-minded adventurers and there is no age limit.

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